If your house is anything like mine, it includes 2 things which sometimes do not gel well together – kids, and a brand new microfiber couch. I absolutely love my new microfiber couch, but when the inevitable happens and it gets hit by spilled grape juice, a grilled cheese sandwich, or even a set of colorful markers, what is left behind after a quick ‘wipe up’ is more often than not an irritating spot, smear, smudge or other discoloration that leaves the fabric of the sofa looking not-quite-right. That is what we will be dealing with today – how to get rid of those stubborn stains on your microfiber couch that you may not have been able to figure out how get rid of yet.
In order to start the cleaning of your microfiber, you will first of all need some fabric cleaner. Any industrial brand from a hardware store or other should work just fine. The other thing that you will need is a small 12 oz (approximately) spray bottle filled with pure denatured alcohol. Set the sprayer to ‘mist’. Put the fabric cleaner in a separate spray bottle and you are good to go.
First, you want to spray on the fabric cleaner. Saturate the affected area thoroughly with the fabric cleaner spray bottle. Let the fabric cleaner sit 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes so it starts to work into the fibers.
Next, take a scrub brush – any that you have lying around will work OK – a course brush is perfectly fine, the most important thing will be to make sure that the brush that you are using is clean. The last thing that you want is to encase more dirt and grime into the fibers on your couch by scrubbing it with a dirty brush!
With your clean scrub brush, scrub the sofa with the fabric cleaner for approximately 30 seconds. For extremely dirty or grimy areas, you may need to scrub a bit longer than that. This part is not absolutely critical because if you end up not scrubbing enough (determined once you are finished if you can still see the dirty area on your sofa) you can always come back in with a second round of treatment.
Once you are finished scrubbing, you may look at the sofa and think it looks a lot better – just wet from the cleaner. Don’t be fooled! Although your sofa looks better, the spot is not yet removed – if you let it sit and dry just like that, you will immediately notice the spot again. You need to get that spot out while the area is wet. That is what the next step in the process is for.
To remove the gunk still trapped in your sofa, take an old credit card and scrape in length wise over the dirty area making sure to press down fairly hard. As you are ‘scraping’ the sofa with the credit card, you will notice all of the gunk coming out of the sofa and onto the credit card. Wipe the card clean on a towel, and repeat this process of deep cleaning the couch with the credit card 5-6 more times until you are fairly certain that you have gotten all of the dirt and grime out of the fibers.
Once you are satisfied that you have gotten the stain out of your sofa, use a clean dry cloth and work over the area to dry it out. If the rag turns dirty, you will need to repeat the process again until the rag doesn’t get dirty when you dry the wet area of your sofa with it.
The final step in the process is once you have the sofa dried by hand with the rag, take your denatured alcohol and another clean brush, and mist the sofa with some alcohol and brush it lightly to return the texture of the sofa to its natural state. Don’t use too much alcohol as it will take longer to dry. You want to let the alcohol air dry once you have brushed it into the fibers.